Menu Plan Monday ~ August 11 – 17

Every Monday, I will be posting my family’s meal plan for the upcoming week and including links to any online recipes I use. I truly believe that having a menu plan is one of the best ways to start improving health and also save a ton of money.These weekly posts will also serve as a record of our diet and how it improves over time as we continue in our quest for better health. I hope these plans prove that you don’t have to be perfect to make positive food changes for your family.

I must admit that meal planning is new territory for me. I have been a loyal follower of Orgjunkie’s Menu Plan Monday for many years, but I never made my own plan. Well, my days of procrastination are officially at an end. Here’s a little bit about how I came up with my plan for the week.

How I Come Up with Our Meal Plan

I have several guidelines I follow when trying to decide what will end up on my family’s table:

1. We don’t eat pork, except very occasionally at a special event. I know a lot of people don’t eat pork for religious reasons, but in our case, eating pork just makes us feel sick so we skip it. My husband and I never used to have a problem with pork when we were younger. This getting older thing keeps you on your toes, that’s for sure.

2. I try to limit pasta as a main dish to one day per week. This is my attempt at limiting our processed carbs and focusing our eating on more natural unprocessed carbs.

3. I let my kids choose one meal a week to add to our dinner menu plan. They usually pick something from one of their kid cookbooks. Or pizza. Or spaghetti.

4. We eat one meatless meal a week.

5. We eat fish at least once a week.

6. I try to include something green at each dinner.

7. While I try to limit fat, we do not eat a low or no fat diet. Instead, my focus is on choosing healthier fats.

8. We eat whole fat dairy products. Lower fat versions usually have nasty additives that we don’t want to eat.

9. We eat homemade as much as possible.

10. Our food needs to be tasty (otherwise why bother) and as nutritious as possible. My approach to nutrition?


“Nutrition is not low-fat. It’s not low-calorie. It’s not being hungry and feeling deprived. It’s nourishing your body with real, whole foods so that you are consistently satisfied and energized to live life to the fullest. After all, isn’t that what this life is about?” ~Author unknown


My Menu Plan for the Week

B: Oatmeal, fruit
L: Mini pizzas
D: Enchilada casserole, green salad

B: Yogurt parfaits
L: Leftovers
D: Turkey breast, company rice, harvest green beans

B: Breakfast burritos
L: Homemade turkey noodle soup (using leftover turkey)
D: Grilled chicken, rosemary roasted potatoes, green salad

B: Oatmeal, fruit
L: Chicken salad (using leftover chicken), fruit
D: Salmon, sweet potato fries, roasted brussels sprouts

B: Eggs, toast
L: Grilled cheese sandwiches, veggies & dip
D: Birthday Dinner

B: Blueberry pancakes, bacon
L: Tuna pasta salad, tomato wedges, fruit
D: Beef Lo Mein, steamed snow peas

B: Quiche, breakfast potatoes, fruit
L: Hamburgers on homemade buns, homemade baked potato chips, veggies & dip
D: Grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus

Sweet of the week: homemade chocolate chip cookies

What’s on your menu this week?

This post is linked up at I’m An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday


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